Volleyball team notches second straight victory

It didn’t take Ashalyn Scales long to get back into the swing of things after the Lady T-Ducks’ sophomore middle blocker/ outside hitter played in her first match Thursday since suffering a severe ankle sprain Sept. 15.

Playing for the first time in more than 10 matches, Scales was all over the place, getting timely hits and playing solid defense, along with Amber Hill, as the T-Ducks beat Eastfield, 30-23, 30-27, 23-30, 30-27.

The T-Ducks trailed 14-12 in Game 1 before they went on a 14-2 run. However, after opening a 26-16 lead, Eastfield rallied back to cut the deficit to 25-21.

Scales then gave her team a side-out with a perfectly-placed tip before the T-Ducks’ defense allowed only two more points for the rest of the game.

“Since getting our first win, we seem to be more intense,” said T-Duck coach Zelda Smith. “We got Ashalyn Scales back and she played an outstanding game. Amber also played good defense and had lots of kills.”

In the second game, the T-Ducks trailed 21-20 when Scales tied the game on kill attempt that was partially blocked but the ball fell inbounds.

Moments later, Scales provided an ace to lift her team to a 26-23 lead – a large enough cushion to preserve the Game 2 win and keep the momentum on the T-Ducks’ side.

However, that momentum was taken away after Eastfield won Game 3, setting up a tough fourth game in which at one point Scales scored four points in a row – all kills – to give the T-Ducks a 27-20 lead.

Down but not out, Eastfield went on a 7-1 run to cut the lead to 28-27 but the T-Ducks had enough left to pull out a tough victory.

“They are beginning to know and get a feel for one another,” Smith said. “Overall, this was a total team effort.”